Cameroon plans to build the Grand Eweng dam with a capacity of 810 MW by 2028 in collaboration with the American company Hydromine. The power plant’s output will supply the aluminum sector, part of the Cameroonian population and the rest will be exported to Chad.
Cameroon has just launched the project to build the hydroelectric dam at Grand Eweng with a capacity of 810 MW. The infrastructure, worth an estimated $ 3 billion, will be set up in partnership with the American company Hydromine. It will be built on the Sanaga River, of which it will be the fifth hydroelectric power station and will come into service by 2028.
The power of the infrastructure will subsequently be increased to 1,000 MW according to Lucas Briger, vice president of development and operations at Hydromine. “The Grand Eweng was originally intended for supplying the aluminum sector,” the official said in an interview. It was then decided that part would supply the population of 25 million Cameroonians, whose electricity demand is constantly increasing and that the rest would be exported to Chad in particular.
Cameroon, which currently has an installed capacity of 1.5 GW, will see its electricity demand increase to 3 GW by 2035 according to the Ministry of Energy. Hydromine is still looking for partners for the implementation of the project. These should be known by the end of the year. The company aims to finance the project with 20 to 25% equity and 75 to 80% debt. The plant’s output will likely be bought by ENEO, the country’s main distribution company.
The construction of this dam is part of the government’s policy which aims to produce 25% of its energy from renewable sources by 2035 and to export part of its production to its neighbors, Chad, the Central African Republic and Nigeria.
Source: Agence Ecofin